It's tourney time for local hoops teams
Published: Wednesday, December 12th, 2007
Area high school basketball teams will rack up the miles over the weekend as six Roosevelt County teams travel to tournaments around the state and most coaches expect to have many questions about their team answered before the holiday break. The Dora boys travel to the Tularosa Classic. The Elida boys and girls are at the Route 66 Classic in Tucumcari, while the Floyd boys and girls are in Cloudcroft for the Mountain Top tournament and the Portales girls travel to the annual Rio Rancho tournament. The Dora Coyotes begin their tournament in Tularosa tonight against Mesa Vista, with a second round game against either Mesilla Valley or Dexter and Dora head coach Ty Thatcher says that his Coyotes are the only Class A team in the brackets among Class 2A and 3A opponents. “We’re going to have an uphill battle,” Thatcher said. “We’re just going in to try to figure out what we’ve got to get fixed before the important part of the season gets started and try to feel out where we’re at as a team.” The Floyd boys and girls play in high altitude this weekend in Cloudcroft. The Broncos are also playing in a field of bigger schools and the Floyd boys (5-2) begin their tournament with the host Cloudcroft Bears this afternoon. Floyd head coach Rafael Roybal said the Bears have size, with at least three players measuring well over 6-feet tall. “(Cloudcroft) is a very good basketball team,” Roybal said. “The basic thing is to find where your weaknesses are and then hopefully work them out to where you’re playing better basketball.” The Elida Tigers (6-0) and Lady Tigers (4-2) are getting their kicks in Tucumcari’s Route 66 tournament. Both Elida teams start with a lower level Clovis High School team in the first round. Dan Howard’s Lady Tiger squad is only nine players strong, but Howard knows what he wants to see over the weekend. “I just want to see what we’re made of,” Howard said. “We’ve got three nights in a row over there and I want them to play hard and be very aggressive and see what we’re made of in that department.” The Portales Lady Rams (1-2) are also on the road this weekend in the eighth annual Rio Rancho Mel Otero tournament, opening at 5 p.m. against Las Cruces High. The Dora girls are dormant until the EPAC tournament next month, while the Portales boys travel to Muleshoe Friday night.
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